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The Grinch who Stole our Christmas Party

By The_Xmas_Fairy - 23 September 2011 74

Who thinks it fair and equitable that after many, many years of successful, fun and safe Christmas Partying, our Govt Dept Executives have now banned our Dept. Christmas Party, to be replaced with an End of Year party?

At this gathering there will be no Christmas decorations, no Santa, no carols, no bons bons, no plum pudding, no roast turkey and ham, no pavlova. No Christmas hats, bobbly earrings or Santa adorned t-shirts. In short, no Christmas festivities at all.

Oh, you can have your party, even hold it in the Christmas festive season, just don’t say it’s for Christmas. Lest someone who doesn’t celebrate Christmas feels unwelcome, and unable to end the year at a party with their workmates, put on by their Social Club. And we won’t tell you you can’t call it a Christmas Party until right at the last minute of organisation. And by the way, you have absolutely no say in the matter, as on the complaining of a few who don’t want a “Christmas Party”, we’ve made our final decision.

ED – Berraboy also sent in this view of this tale. Can anyone name the department?

A good friend of mine is ranting furiously this evening about her department’s decision to  name their Christmas party the ‘End of Year Event’, thereby removing any reference to Christmas.  A few inquiries about this today turned up a curious bit of information that the re-naming is due to a number of complaints from a few people who  didn’t feel welcome to attend as they don’t celebrate Christmas.   As a result, the whole party will now be non-denominational.

While urban legends on such issues abound, these are mainly centred on similar decisions in the US or UK.  This is the first time I’ve heard such a story in Australia, let alone Canberra.  Personally, I’m torn on the issue.  While I love multiculturalism and the positive benefits it has brought us, I also believe that those who come here and enjoy all we have to share should accept us for who we are… customs, holidays, yeast based food products and all.

While a large part of me feels like emulating  William Wallace by throwing on a kilt, painting half of my face blue and joining an anti-PC horde shouting “they may take my fireworks, but they will not take my Christmas!”, another part of me thinks maybe we should just suck it up.

So, dear Rioters, is this turning our back on ‘Christmas’ a fair thing or simply PC gone mad?  Should we adjust our holidays to suit the views of those in the minority or should we be more inclusive?

I await your thoughts.

What’s Your opinion?


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74 Responses to
The Grinch who Stole our Christmas Party
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harvyk1 11:48 am
23 Sep 11
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I was at first going to make a smart arse remark about making it an “offend everyone” party… But come to think about it why not have a Christmas party, and at the end of Ramadan celebrate the Feast of Ramadan, and celebrate Chanukah (although that usually coincides with Christmas) and basically enjoy multiculturalism…

Last time I check multiculturalism was a celebration of different cultures, not one culture stating they are offended at the status quo culture and forcing change, and I’ll define that further and state that it’s not even one culture but a small group of arseholes who don’t identify with the status quo and thus want to ruin it for everybody else.

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Jim Jones 12:01 pm
23 Sep 11
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I’d be interested to see precisely what substance there is to these posts. Most of the time when people bang on about this sort of “PC GONE MAD” thing, it ends up that the actual changes are pretty innocuous and the whole thing is a beat up (the Daily Mail in the UK and our own Terrorgraph have a history of beat ups – not to mention straight-up lying – on this issue).

How does removing the word Christmas and replacing it with ‘End of Year’ (which is a bit of nothing), for example, accord with “no plum pudding, no roast turkey and ham, no pavlova”. Are people *really* going to be barred from wearing crappy Christmas clothes and jewelry?

Probably not.

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john87_no1 12:17 pm
23 Sep 11
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BlackIce said :

Call it the “Yule party”, and reclaim the holiday from those thieving Christians!

+1

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knuckles 12:24 pm
23 Sep 11
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FoMoCo said :

And down the slope we start… wont be long before they ban shopping malls/centres from displaying xmas decorations because it makes people feel un-welcome!!!!

As long as they stop playing Christmas Carols in the malls I’ll support the ban.

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p1 12:58 pm
23 Sep 11
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Just tell them that you are not celebrating the Christian traditional observation of the Birth of Baby Jebus (which is clearly religion specific), but rather that you are celebrating the up coming Christmas Day Public Holiday, which is a government specified public holiday which everyone gets regardless of religious affiliation (or lack of it). Celebrating this holiday is clearly a secular thing, since it is controlled by the government. Just like marriage.

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bigcohuna1 1:05 pm
23 Sep 11
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Our end of year event is called a Christmas Party by our employer.

Decorations, Tree & Santa. Even a nativity scene. Then there is the fact that the people who don’t like Christmas or the word or the connotation or the whatever, are still welcome. its the silly season.

Only on the grounds that all are there for Socialising not socialism. or any ism for that fact. It’s a Christmas Party, at Christmas time. get a grip.

So Party, have a great time, and Santa gifts for the kids (big and small) and food (yes dietary requirements are looked after unless vegetarian by choice – that’s your problem) and if you want to object, then our managers will happily listen to your complaints. Then as a well informed and conscious descision making adult, you end up with 3 choices, 1) if you choose to participate you may continue to join the festivities, but are politely asked to keep your disturbing misguided and self centred ideology to yourself, or 2) you can sit back and be the only one who does not get a gift from Santa, and that includes your kids since you said you dont want them to participate because you were thinking of yourself not them, (and any religious nuts can shut up too), or 3) eFF.off ! get back to work, and the boss will probably task you to the most menial sh*t shovelling thing he can find, just to make sure you can justify your ars%h@le attitude in the first place.

We’ve never had a problem here with Christmas parties, and we will continue to have a Christmas party.

Merry Christmas 2011

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Mothy 1:07 pm
23 Sep 11
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Meanwhile back in Victoria.

Be glad you’re still getting an end of year party.

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johnboy 1:09 pm
23 Sep 11
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as a non-practicing but still self-identifying Christian I’m all for the secularists getting the tanks off the lawn.

That is I’d love to see non-christians stop carrying on about it.

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Thumper 1:24 pm
23 Sep 11
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I’m completely agnostic and I have no trouble with thus called ‘Christmas parties.’

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ozzieme 1:32 pm
23 Sep 11
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Well bollocks I say. We have to conform to traditions etc etc if we were in other countries and not to mention we also have to conform to that particular way of life. I think Australia is becoming increasingly “weak” and allowing our own traditions be shoved out of society just to please other religions. Yes I understand we are a multicultural society but really, why do our tradititions have to be stamped out to “please” our new migrants/citizens????? Also this particular government department is also given those an extra 4 days to have “religous” time off anyway. Bah Humbug any wonder there is so much rasism out there and to think our kids are not going to know what a tradition is by the time they grow up.

Christmas parties have been going on foreva, its not like the staff are asking you to come dressed for the ocassion but to have fun and celebrate good times, those that have the traditions are going to party in the name of it anyway.

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Primal 1:34 pm
23 Sep 11
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Christmas in the modern age is two events rolled into: a Christian celebration and a secular celebration. Anyone who cannot quietly decide which one they personally are going to celebrate and just go about doing it is a freakin’ idiot.

And if you really are required to have this discussion at work, just get them to make a distinction on the invitations:

“PLEASE NOTE: This is a Christmas (Santa Claus-Reindeer-fa-la-la-la-la) Party, not a Christmas (Baby Jesus-Wise Men-Myrrh) Party.”

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SR 1:50 pm
23 Sep 11
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Alas, ’tis true….. the name part at least, I haven’t been involved in the politicing about the name. It’s advertised on our internal network as the ‘End of Year Party’, and the accompanying festive illustration is quite neutral – to the extent that it looks like something for a kids birthday party.

Not that any previous christmas parties were ever even slightly religious…… apart from the derivation of the name.

Maybe we should vote with our feet and organise a un-pc christmas party at our other nearby venue :)

S

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ozzieme 1:56 pm
23 Sep 11
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I agree with SR, we should be standing for the right to celebrate and do it elsewhere, make a stand, make it public, be amongst the first gov departments to make a standing point of PC.

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Grail 1:58 pm
23 Sep 11
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If you don’t want us to call it Christmas, we could just cancel the holiday that has been set up to celebrate it, y’know?

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Jim Jones 1:58 pm
23 Sep 11
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SR said :

Alas, ’tis true….. the name part at least, I haven’t been involved in the politicing about the name. It’s advertised on our internal network as the ‘End of Year Party’, and the accompanying festive illustration is quite neutral – to the extent that it looks like something for a kids birthday party.

Not that any previous christmas parties were ever even slightly religious…… apart from the derivation of the name.

Maybe we should vote with our feet and organise a un-pc christmas party at our other nearby venue :)

S

If it’s only the name that has changed, who cares?

Are there any more substantial changes?

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